As this blog heads to its first anniversary, I’m still puzzled at how many readers prefer to “make contact”, either to comment, suggest, contribute or enquire, by e-mail... Well, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by this, since I have an e-mail address on my profile page. However, perhaps it wouldn’t go amiss to remind visitors that this blog has an open space for comments and that they're all (well, it depends...) welcome!
In relation to this, I have decided to take the editorial liberty to post here one of the queries I received by e-mail this week, hoping that its author won't mind. For one reason: the reply can be of interest not just to the person who sent it, to whom I hereby thank for visit and query.
I just visited your website. Can you tell me about the incredible artist playing as your site comes alive? I need to buy that music.
The incredible artist, and I totally agree with you on this, is Busi Mhlongo (please click on the picture to access her profile). She is part of what, as far as I am concerned, is the most exciting jazz scene in the world today: the South African.
Here’s a bit of her bio that might interest Portuguese-speaking visitors:
Her own story began in Inanda, in the mountains of Kwazulu Natal. Born into a musical family, she was given a small drum and two sticks and encouraged to sing at weddings, in church choirs and at school. She left school to pursue a musical career in Jo’burg and became a member of African Jazz. She then found herself living in Portugal via Mozambique and Angola with the group Conjunto Juan Paulo. She watched audiences applaud songs sung in Angolan languages as well as Portuguese and was invited to sing her own songs. “In South Africa we had to sing in English to get jobs. I began to realise that music truly has no border, no language”.